Ronald Merkel, 73, of Spring Valley

Ronald Merkel

Ronald Merkel, 73, of Spring Valley, died on Monday, July 2, 2018.

He was born on Oct. 10, 1944, to Harvey and Marcella (Jahns) Merkel in Spring Valley.

He was baptized and confirmed at First English Lutheran Church.

He attended, and graduated from, Spring Valley High School in 1963.

After graduation he worked on the family farm with his dad.

On Jan. 4, 1969, he was united in marriage to Norma Kappauf at Woodcrest Baptist Church in Minneapolis. To this union four children were born.

He was a man of many talents. He built many bridges for friends around Spring Valley, but the latest was the bridge by the Spring Valley Ambulance Station that crosses the creek. He had a love for outdoors and his dream was to build a cabin, which he did in 2017. He enjoyed sleeping there until his death. He loved to move buildings. He moved small houses, grain bins and numerous other buildings like the Pietenpol hanger. He was getting ready to move the Information Center in Spring Valley. He was a mentor to many young men.

He was a loving husband, grandpa, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many.

He is survived by his wife, Norma; children, Joel (Becky) Merkel of Spring Valley, Jake (Peggy) Merkel of Spring Valley, Julie (Dustin) Eiffler of Cresco, Iowa and Jared (Dana) Merkel of Rolling Stone; 10 grandchildren, Katarina, Cody, Gavin, Elias, Audrey, Asher, Pearl Henry, Maia, Kilena and Ruby; siblings, Barbara Mattison and Gene (Darlene) Merkel both of Spring Valley, Vicki (Paul) Bowen of Lime Springs, Iowa, Carol (Gary) Broadwater and Steve (Sandy) Merkel both of Spring Valley and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law Gary Mattison.

A memorial service for him was held on Saturday, July 7, at Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Donna Dempewolf officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.

Hindt Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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